Sept. 27, 1999
This Week - The third-ranked (Soccer America) UCLA men's soccer team (6-1, winners of four straight) will face off against Loyola Marymount (5-3) on Wednesday, Sept. 29 at LMU's Sullivan Field at 3:00 pm. UCLA has never lost in 17 games against LMU, but last year's game went to overtime before Seth George won it in the 114th minute. UCLA's previously scheduled home game Oct. 3 against Cal State Los Angeles was cancelled and will not be replayed.
Next Week - UCLA will travel up the 405 freeway to face Cal State Northridge in the 1999 MPSF opener on Friday, Oct. 8 at 7:00 pm before returning home to host UC Santa Barbara on Sunday, Oct. 10 at Noon in another MPSF contest. The Sunday game is the first in a doubleheader with the UCLA women's team, which will face Arizona following the men's game.
In the Rankings - UCLA regained a spot in the Top 10 in the NSCAA rankings, jumping up two spots from No. 11 to No. 9. The Bruins moved up two to fifth in the SoccerTimes.com rankings and moved up to third in the Soccer America poll. LMU is unranked.
Bruins vs. Bruins - Loyola Marymount head coach Paul Krumpe is a former UCLA star (1982-85) who helped bring UCLA its first ever NCAA Championship and went on to play in the 1988 Olympics and 1990 World Cup (with UCLA goalkeeper coach David Vanole). Krumpe was an assistant at UCLA from 1995-97. Assisting Krumpe at LMU is another former Bruin, Brian Irvin (1993-96). Irvin was a two-time winner of UCLA's Most Inspirational Player award.
Saldana Returns to LMU - UCLA head coach Todd Saldana returns to Loyola Marymount, where he coached in 1997. Interestingly, when Saldana left LMU to become the UCLA women's soccer coach, he was replaced by Krumpe, who replaced Saldana as an assistant coach with the UCLA men following the 1994 season.
About the Lions - Loyola Marymount, which was 5-12-1 a year ago, is off to its best start in school history with a 5-3 record, thanks in large part to the play of freshman forward Arturo Torres, who has totalled eight goals and two assists in eight games this year. The Lions' biggest win so far this season was a 1-0 upset over then-No. 23 California Sept. 17 at Berkeley.
Last Week - Freshman defender Scot Thompson (Rancho Santa Margarita, CA/Trabuco Hills HS) and sophomore midfielder Ryan Futagaki (Fountain Valley, CA/Fountain Valley HS) scored a goal for the first time in their careers, and Shea Travis (Detroit, MI/ Gabriel Richard HS) scored the game-winning goal for the second consecutive game to lead UCLA to a 3-0 win over Oregon State in the Bruins' home opener. Goalkeeper Nick Rimando (Montclair, CA/Montclair HS) notched his second consecutive and third overall shutout. Freshman Jimmy Frazelle (Folsom, CA/Bella Vista HS) picked up his first career assist on Futagaki's goal.
Hermann Trophy Finalists Update - Senior midfielder Sasha Victorine (5g, 3a) and junior defender Carlos Bocanegra (1g, 1a) were named finalists for the Hermann Trophy. This is Victorine's second consecutive nomination and Bocanegra's first. Already this season both players, who were selected pre-season All-Americans, have impressed. Victorine (Corona, CA) was selected the MET-Rx/UCLA Student-Athlete of the Week for the week of Aug. 30-Sept. 6 after scoring a hat trick in the Bruins' season opener. He was also named the MPSF Player of the Week for Sept. 13-19 after scoring two goals and an assist against USF. Victorine, who added an assist against Oregon State, leads the team in goals scored (5), points (13) and multiple-goal games (2). Bocanegra (Alta Loma, CA) was named the Defensive MVP at the CS Fullerton FILA Classic and recorded a goal and an assist in the Bruins' 4-3 overtime win over Butler. He has been a major factor in UCLA's three shutouts, including two consecutive, this season.
U.S. National Team Experience - UCLA's 1999 roster is loaded with players who participated in international tournaments with various U.S. youth national teams during the off-season. Four Bruins (Bocanegra, Ryan Futagaki, Rimando and Tsakiris) were part of the U.S. U-20 squad that advanced to the second round of the FIFA World Youth Championships last April in Nigeria. Tennyson also participated in the qualifying tournament for the Championships. This summer, Bocanegra, Futagaki, Steve Shak, Vagenas and Victorine earned bronze medals with the U.S. U-23 Team at the Pan Am Games. Ryan Lee has also seen time with the U-23 National Team as a member of the U-23 pool.